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Indiana, Atlanta preparing for series full of interesting matchups

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    Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert slams the ball during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

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    Indiana Pacers' Paul George, left, passes the ball after tumbling to the court with New York Knicks' Jason Kidd during the first half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

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    Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew gives his team direction during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 98-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)The Associated Press

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    Atlanta Hawks' John Jenkins shoots against New York Knicks' Chris Copeland as Knicks' Iman Shumpert (21) watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 98-92. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)The Associated Press

Three practice days have Indiana and Atlanta eager to see how they match up in the playoffs.

The Hawks will try and run. The Pacers will try to get physical. Paul George wants to attack the defense, and Kyle Korver might be content to shoot 3-pointers all series long.

They have been a study in contrasts all season, playing their four-game regular-season series to a draw. On Sunday, they will go at it again, this time in Game 1 of a best-of-seven first-round series in Indy.

The Hawks will be without Zaza Pachulia, who had season-ending Achilles tendon surgery earlier this month. He played 72 minutes in the Hawks' two wins, not a second in the two losses.

Indiana coach Frank Vogel says injured point guard George Hill will start.